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Name and title: R. Alan Deer, executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary Age: 42 Financial firm: Regions Financial Corp., headquartered in Birmingham, Ala., is a financial holding company located throughout Texas, the South and Midwest. The publicly held firm offers the gamut of retail and commercial banking, trust, brokerage and investment services and products. It also conducts mortgage, insurance and reinsurance-related business out of its roughly 1,400 branches and 1,700-ATM network. Regions, in its current form, is the result of a 2004 merger with financial holding company Union Planters, a move that virtually doubled its assets, fortified its Southern foothold and launched the combined firm’s Midwest expansion. It is ranked in the top 15 of the nation’s financial services providers and No. 420 in the Fortune 500, with reported assets of $85.3 billion as of June 30. Regions has approximately 26,000 employees. Katrina catastrophe: In the midst of its now almost-completed integration efforts in the Union Planters merger, Regions faced daunting business, legal and humanitarian challenges wrought by Hurricane Katrina. With branches all along the Gulf Coast of Louisiana and Mississippi, the firm and its legal team have mobilized in response. Six hurricanes had struck the area in the previous two years, so Regions had accrued invaluable experience in reacting to such crises. Although Katrina dwarfed its predecessors, “we were well-positioned to deal with it.” The hurricane forced the closing of 190 company branches, and Regions has since been able to get 90% of them up and running. The company set up relief funds for employees and arranged for temporary housing, ice, water and generators and other crucial supplies. Programs were initiated to waive ATM and check-cashing fees, deferred credit card payments were permitted, increased loan and credit limits were enacted and special discounts were devised. Regions now has a response blueprint, featuring a crisis management team for an immediate situation and an operational team for sustaining company stability. Daily duties: Deer’s primary functions include providing counsel to the board of directors and senior managers on business-related issues, and advising them on risk, litigation and regulatory matters. Mergers and acquisitions, financial reporting and corporate governance are key categories. He also “has to be” focused on the “time-consuming” issues related to the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002. Deer doesn’t lobby but collaborates with the firm’s governmental affairs group. With Regions being a diversified financial services provider, the legal team has extensive and “ever-changing” dealings with state and federal regulators, particularly in the realm of banking. Regions’ merger with Union Planters provided copious amounts of work: His team led the company in the negotiations, oversaw the regulatory approval process and supported the companies’ integration. Legal team and outside counsel: Regions’ legal department consists of 20 attorneys, who cover all aspects of banking and finance, including mergers and integration; mortgage banking, credit and deposit administration; compliance and regulation; litigation; insurance; labor and employment; real estate; bankruptcy and creditors’ rights; and broker/dealers. The team also performs legal tasks for its Memphis, Tenn.-based investment bank and brokerage affiliate, Morgan Keegan & Co. Inc. Deer said Regions is not involved in any major lawsuits, but that “unfortunately, litigation is a part of any large corporation.” A self-described generalist, Deer reports to President, Chief Executive Officer and Director Jackson W. Moore. The GC augments his staff with attorneys from Adams and Reese and Atlanta-based Alston & Bird. He also hires from a network of “outstanding local firms” across Regions’ 16-state geographic market, or matches particular lawyers with specialized needs. Route to the top: Deer commenced his career out of law school in 1988, practicing at the Birmingham firm Lange Simpson Robinson and Somerville, which has since merged with Adams and Reese. He practiced there until 1997, eventually becoming the head of its financial services group. Deer focused on consumer finance, class actions, securities issues and corporate general matters at the firm. His principal client was Regions, which he joined in 1997 as associate general counsel, then was promoted to GC and became its lead counsel in 2002. Thus, directly or indirectly, he has been entwined with Regions his entire professional life. Deer graduated in 1985 from Auburn University and received a 1988 law degree from the University of Alabama School of Law. Personal: Deer and wife Jill have a pair of sons: Charlie, 13, and Will, 11. The native of Monroeville, Ala., lists as his hobbies tennis and travel, citing skiing in Colorado and jaunts to the United Kingdom as standouts. “In light of my kids’ ages” he spends a lot of time with them. His role in the Regions/Union Planters combination, a deal “of the size and magnitude that not many attorneys get to see from start to finish,” is a professional highlight. Last book and movie: As a “classical guy,” A Farewell to Arms, by Ernest Hemingway, and Flightplan. -Roger Adler

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